Category: Bluegrass Today Profiles

Artist2Artist: Ira Gitlin – Two Wrongs Make An Awful Good Right

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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For those who don’t regularly attend bluegrass festivals, or listen to the classic bluegrass music on albums or on terrestrial, streaming and satellite music stations — the clash of musical voicing is what makes classic bluegrass music… bluegrass music. It’s that quirky “you know it […]

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Pickin’ A Part: Bryan Sutton in Telluride

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bryan Sutton was born to play the guitar. When it came to a career, he never had a Plan B. Not needed. Clearly. Thursday was Bryan’s day at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He lit up the stage early evening as part of the legendary […]

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On This Day #41 – Nancy Blake

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day ….. On June 11, 1952 Nancy Ann Blake (nee Short) was born in Independence, Missouri. She took up cello at the age of 12 and moved to Nashville, where she played the instrument with the Nashville Youth Symphony. In 1972 Short and […]

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Artist2Artist: Darin & Brooke Aldridge – Never Far From Home

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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They say a band is like a family. There must be trust among the members. There must be an atmosphere of peace and gentleness that allows for quiet time to think, and be inspired, and to create. There can’t be any secrecy. There must be […]

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On This Day #40 – John Palmer

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day ….. On May 28, 1927, John Palmer, bass player most noted for his time with Don Reno and Red Smiley, was born in Union, South Carolina. He was a World War II veteran. He worked with Don Reno in the early 1940s; […]

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Mac Wiseman reaches 90 years of age 

| May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mac Wiseman, the Voice with the Heart, celebrates his 90th birthday today, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Malcolm B Wiseman began his working life in radio, on Radio WSVA-AM in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when he was on the cusp of leaving his teenage years. There he sang […]

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Well-deserved honor for Fletcher Bright

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Most musicians have strong memories about the turning points in their careers, and that’s certainly true for octogenarian Fletcher Bright, who says his came in the late 1980s after he’d been performing professionally for more than 40 years with his band, the Dismembered Tennesseans. It […]

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On This Day #39 – Jimmy Martin

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On This Day  … On May 14, 2005, Jimmy Martin passed away. Ten years ago today, James Henry Martin passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, having been diagnosed with bladder cancer over a year earlier. He was aged 77. The Toronto Star called him “one of the greatest […]

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On This Day #38 – Carroll Best

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On This Day…… On May 8, 1995, Carroll Best was shot dead by his brother Sam. He was 64 years of age. Hugh Carroll Best Jr, from the Crabtree community of Haywood County, North Carolina, was a master of the melodic or fiddle-style of playing […]

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Steve Lewis – Inside the mind of a contest champion

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Steve Lewis, from Todd, NC (a tiny community just north of Boone) was gracious enough to talk with me about his experience playing and winning some of the toughest banjo and guitar contests in the country. In the interest of full disclosure, I first met […]

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